A Lashkar-e-Toiba militant was killed in a brief gunfight with security forces here in north Kashmir on Wednesday, police said.
A police official while giving the details of the encountersaid that a joint team of Army's 22 RR, 92 and 179 battalions of CentralReserve Police Force (CRPF) and SpecialOperations Group of Jammu and Kashmir Police jointly launched a searchoperation at Mir Mohalla of Gundbrath in Sopore this morning. "After searchingfor hours a militant hiding in the area fired upon the joint party of theforces. The fire was retaliated triggering a gun battle in which the militantwas killed," he added.
Senior Superintendent of Police Sopore, Javed Iqbalidentified the slain militant as Adnan Ahmad Channa son of Ali Muhammad Channaof Arampora, Baramulla. "Channa was a C-category militant and was affiliatedwith LeT militant outfit," he said. As the word about the killing of a localmilitant spread in Sopore and Baramulla towns, youth took to the streets andstaged protests. Soon after the gunfight broke out mobile internet serviceswere suspended in Sopore areas and Additional Deputy Commissioner Sopore,AshiqHussain, ordered closure of Degree College Sopore as a "precautionarymeasure." Meanwhile, a Police spokesmanin a statement later in the evening said, "The slain militant was wanted by lawfor his complicity in militancy related incidents, including attack on securityestablishments and civilians. He was operating in the areas of Baramulla andSopore and was involved in planning and executing several attacks in the area.Several cases were registered against him including Case FIR No. 41/2019 pertainingto the killing of a civilian ArjumandMajeedBhat in JattiBaramulla in March2019, Case FIR No. 33/2019 pertaining to firing on a civilian Feroz AhmadGojree of ZalooraSopore in May 2019. He was involved in recruiting locals intomilitant ranks." "With the efforts ofpolice and security forces it was a clean operation and no collateral damagehappened during the encounter. Incriminating material including arms andammunition were recovered from the site of encounter. All these materials havebeen taken into case records for further investigation and to probe theircomplicity in other cases," the spokesman added.